Seven CSULB Students Honored at National Research Conference

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Seven California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) students were recognized in Seattle, Wash., this past week for their juried research presentations, which were part of the 15th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists (ABRCMS), sponsored by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

The conference is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans and persons with disabilities who want to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In order to present their research at the conference, students had to submit a brief summary of their research findings, which, in turn, had to pass a rigorous review and selection process. Not everyone who submitted their work was accepted as a presenter.

Of the 1,750 research presentations at the conference, 32 were presented by CSULB students. Seven of these students received special recognition for their research and presentation. They are listed below with their discipline, research mentor and the grant program supporting their research:

Matthew Argame — Neuroscience, Jennifer Ostergren, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)

Lori Digal — Chemistry, Michael Schramm, BUILD

Haley Gause — Microbiology, Douglas Pace, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

Nicholas Nieto — Biochemistry, Jason Schwans, BUILD

Alice Pieplow — Developmental Biology and Genetics, Elizabeth Eldon, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Elvira Salazar — Social and Behavioral Science and Public Health, Christine Whitcraft, Bridges to Baccalaureate Bridges

Daniel Sallee — Biochemistry, Paul Weers, Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR)

The funding support for these students are from different federal sources on campus that work to develop, implement and evaluate approaches to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to enter into and continue in biomedical research careers. The CSULB BUILD Program is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded initiative focused on testing innovative ideas to transform the infrastructure of universities in ways that lead to the sustainable production of a diverse population of health-related research professionals. The Bridges, RISE and MARC U*STAR programs are institutional training grants funded by the NIH that are aimed at providing short- and long-term research training with the objective of increasing diversity in biomedical research. Similarly, the National Science Foundation offers the LSAMP program to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate with degrees in the STEM disciplines.

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